In everything give thanks

In everything give thanks

By Eileen Jevis Staff writer “We are honored to stand beside them in good days and bad; to let them know they are not alone.” — Mary Beth Frey, executive director of the Samaritan Center Those who enter the Samaritan Center, the former St. John the Evangelist Church...
‘A dream within a dream’: quest of a Ludden hoopster

‘A dream within a dream’: quest of a Ludden hoopster

Amarah Streiff signs to play for Colgate, pursues record and milestone   By Tom Maguire, Associate editor The “once in a blue moon” kid eclipsed her own coach’s scoring total and also grabbed a Division I roster spot. Last season, when she averaged 22 points,...
Gabby & John are getting married!

Gabby & John are getting married!

Gabby gets ‘showered’ with love! By Dc. Tom Cuskey Editor “It was the best day ever, seriously!” To say that Gabby Gleason enjoyed her recent bridal shower would be to seriously underestimate the joy of the occasion. “It was so much fun. It just flew by. … I wanted it...
Advent Reflection Series; Second Sunday, December 4, 2022

Advent Reflection Series; Second Sunday, December 4, 2022

A time for pause, for simplicity, for hope. By Theresa May, contributing writer Before Halloween I went shopping for some autumn decorations only to find that the stores were filled with flashing lights, the reds and greens of Christmas, all at low seasonal prices! I...
Advent Reflection Series; Second Sunday, December 4, 2022

Advent Reflection Series; First Sunday, November 27, 2022

Tis the season of revival! By Dc. Tom Cuskey, Editor Happy New Year! No, not that New Year but our liturgical new year. The first Sunday of Advent, the new season, marks the beginning of a new liturgical year where once again (or perhaps for the first time for some)...
Father Kapral remembered as ‘very fulfilled in his priesthood’

Father Kapral remembered as ‘very fulfilled in his priesthood’

By Eileen Jevis Staff writer Father Richard (Dick) J. Kapral, of Utica and Camillus, died on Oct. 26 at the age of 78. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Bishop Douglas J. Lucia on Nov. 7 at Holy Family Church in Fairmount. Father Kapral had celebrated the 8...
Celebrating Faith and Service

Celebrating Faith and Service

By Eileen Jevis Staff writer Anyone who has a family member, friend, neighbor, colleague or leader who has served in the Armed Forces, knows the value they bring to those around them. They bring integrity, commitment and a unique perspective to their work and service...
‘Rise Against Hunger’ event produces 20K+ meals

‘Rise Against Hunger’ event produces 20K+ meals

By Deacon Gary DiLallo, Contributing writer Rise up and volunteer was the challenge, and they sure did at Church of the Holy Family in Endwell last month when volunteers packaged more than 20,000 meals. Rise Against Hunger is an international nonprofit hunger-relief...
At Cathedral Mass, Bishop Lucia evokes Thanksgivings of his youth

At Cathedral Mass, Bishop Lucia evokes Thanksgivings of his youth

At the Nov. 23 Mass for Giving Thanks to God, Bishop Douglas J. Lucia recalled the scene around the Thanksgiving table of his youth. He said whatever they had on the adults’ table, they also had at the kids’ table. To him it represented faithfulness and love, the same...
CBA student-athletes commit to D-1 schools

CBA student-athletes commit to D-1 schools

Pictured L-R are, front row, CBA’s Grace Fletcher, Luke Boule’ and Giselle Vlassis; back row, Will Harrigan, Joseph Papa, Andrew Kohlbrenner, Lloyd Ziparo and Casey Vaughn. (Photo courtesy Judy Salamone) DeWitt — Eight student-athletes at Christian Brothers...
Vocation Awareness Week spotlights a year-round diocesan effort

Vocation Awareness Week spotlights a year-round diocesan effort

By Deacon Tom Cuskey Editor “Without the priest there is no Eucharist…Pray for Vocations!” This is the headline from the 2022/2023 diocesan vocations promotion poster, and, in the Catholic faith, there is no truer or timelier plea. The director of the diocesan...
Vocations Sidebar: Religious Women and Men

Vocations Sidebar: Religious Women and Men

“The significance of a vocation to religious life today – as it is for the vocation to marriage, the single life, or the ordained ministry – is that it is one way of being a disciple of Jesus Christ, of living in faithfulness to him and to his teachings.”...
Vocations Sidebar: Permanent Deacons

Vocations Sidebar: Permanent Deacons

“The Holy Spirit is at work in the church calling all people, some young and some older, to vocations.“  With these words, Fr. Mark Kaminski, the director of diocesan deacon formation, describes the underlying intent of vocations awareness; everyone has a calling....
Ordination brings a vocational journey full circle

Ordination brings a vocational journey full circle

Meet Mark Kay, the newest deacon in the diocese  By Dc. Tom Cuskey Editor “The Lord is saying ‘Hold my hand and watch what happens!’” With those words, Mark Kay reflects on his formation journey that culminated in a special ordination Mass where Kay was received into...
Former Planned Parenthood manager tells how she found peace

Former Planned Parenthood manager tells how she found peace

Catholic radio and Divine Mercy Sunday play key roles in turnaround ByTom Maguire Associate editor She goes from city to city, denouncing her former Planned Parenthood job and promoting life. Ramona Treviño can’t calculate how many abortions she was responsible for in...

All Saints celebrations around the diocese

The saints were marching in at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel/Blessed Sacrament Parish in Utica! Some of the Faith Formation children in kindergarten to sixth grade celebrated the Feast of All Saints at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Oct. 30 with their pastor, Father James Cesta....
Scholarship winners honored at Masses for Life

Scholarship winners honored at Masses for Life

Winners of the Bishop James Moynihan ProVita Scholarship awards for 2022 were honored during Masses for Life held in October at diocesan high schools as part of Respect Life Month activities.  The annual ProVita Scholarship competition is open to any Catholic high...
Lily of the Mohawks and symbol of hope

Lily of the Mohawks and symbol of hope

Celebrating 10th anniversary of canonization of  St. Kateri Tekakwitha By Eileen Jevis Staff writer Ten years ago, in October 2012 and more than 300 years after her death, Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized a saint by Pope Benedict XVI. She was the first American Indian...
Father Donovan elected president of canon-law organization

Father Donovan elected president of canon-law organization

Cicero pastor has one ear for pastoral ministry, one ear for legal matters By Tom Maguire Associate editor The globe noticed. Father John P. Donovan, JCL, of the Diocese of Syracuse had heard from five continents in the first week since being elected president of the...
Many ministries hinge on faithful’s response to HOPE Appeal

Many ministries hinge on faithful’s response to HOPE Appeal

At this time of year, individuals throughout the Diocese of Syracuse come together to bring HOPE to our diocese and hope for the future of our Church.  The HOPE Appeal supports 27 programs and ministries within the Diocese of Syracuse including Catholic Schools;...
Women seek a ‘Eucharistic Heart’ at 2022 conference

Women seek a ‘Eucharistic Heart’ at 2022 conference

By Nancy Huffaker “Such a blessing to finally gather together again!” was the overwhelming response of the attendees at the Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference on Oct. 15. Over 450 women from across the diocese and beyond traveled to the Oncenter in Syracuse for a...
Jesus is in the chapel – really!

Jesus is in the chapel – really!

By Sister Constance Veit, LSP  When I was a kid, I was fascinated by magnets. I loved to watch the little magnetic skaters glide across a mirror in our family’s Christmas village at the flip of a switch and I enjoyed doing science experiments with magnets and iron...
Papal Nuncio visit is a family affair

Papal Nuncio visit is a family affair

Archbishop Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, visited Binghamton and celebrated the weekend liturgies of Oct. 15 and 16 at St. Francis of Assisi Church. It was not an “official” visit, per se, but a family matter. Archbishop Brown’s brother, Peter, is...

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